The Fidra Hat
Anyone who knows me (Virginia) personally is probably already aware of how much I love this pattern by Gudrun Johnston. I've made two Fidra Hats for myself, and it's always the first pattern that comes to mind whenever anyone is looking for for a cute hat they could quickly finish. Out of all yarn options- the luxurious Lujoso is my favorite choice for the Fidra, and you only need 1 skein.
Fidra is available to download for $6.
You only need 1 skein of Lujoso to finish the hat and optional pompom.
The yarn, pattern, and shipping all together makes this a $35 project!
Lujoso, which is $25 a skein, is a supple blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and mulberry silk. The colors are all deep and lustrous, and the loose ply adds texture, drape, and accentuates the incredible softness. It's a heavy quick-knit weight yarn, but the finished fabric still feels light and airy.
You do need to be able to read a knitting chart in order to follow this pattern. Nonetheless, if charts are new for you- this may be an excellent project to start with! This project in particular very easy to follow and understand, and for reference you can check out this blog post I made on charts. The most difficult stitch techniques in Fidra are knitting through the back loop, sssk, and k3tog. If you can do these, you can make a Fidra!
The pompom, is of course, totally optional. I happen to love it, but it still looks great without one. Since each skein of Lujoso has plenty of yardage, you can actually make a few pompoms with your leftovers when the Fidra is finished. That way you can practice making the perfect pompom- or eventually decide against it if you want.
Beyond the beginning-intermediate techniques I mentioned above, the most difficult challenge is deciding on just one color of Lujoso. But of course if you're like me- you'll probably end up with multiple Fidra Hats all in different colors! This year I may need to make one in Seaweed or Allium... What colors call to you?